Court summons Tytler in a defamation case

New Delhi: Congress leader Jagdish Tytler was on Thursday issued summons by a Delhi court to respond to the allegations of defaming a lawyer fighting for the rights of several 1984 anti-Sikh riot victims.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Amit Bansal issued summons to Tytler for April 11 to reply to advocate H S Phoolka's allegation of defaming him. Tytler, however, was earlier given exemption by the court from appearing in person.

Phoolka alleged Tytler had made a derogatory remark against him in a news programme aired on a news channel on September 7, 2004.

Phoolka said the "false and derogatory" allegations leveled by Tytler against him has harmed his reputation in the society.

Reading out a portion of the complaint in the court, advocate Kamna Vohra, appearing for Phoolka, said Tytler should be prosecuted also for the alleged offence of criminal intimidation.